Pope Francis leads prayers in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Tony Gentile

In a highly unusual move, senior Vatican spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi, intervened yesterday to deny comments allegedly made by Pope Francis to R(...)

Former Vatican chief prosecutor of clerical sexual abuse Charles Scicluna is to visit Scotlant next week to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

Bishop Charles Scicluna is being sent by Pope Francis to Scotland’s archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh next week to investigate allegations of(...)

Posed by a model. Photograph: Ten03/ISPC/Getty

He asks to be described as a religious-order priest comfortable with his sexuality. He is gay. It is “one aspect of his life”. He doesn’t like the ter(...)

Cardinal Keith O’Brien: it emerged in August that he had blocked efforts to carry out an examination of records held from 1952 onwards of abuse and allegations of abuse. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who was forced from office after admitting sexual misconduct against a number of priests, will not be allowed to return to li(...)

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who resigned as head of the Catholic Church in Scotland after acknowledging sexual misconduct, will leave Scotland for months of “prayer and penance”, the Vatican said on today. Photograph : Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who resigned as head of the Catholic Church in Scotland after acknowledging sexual misconduct, will leave Scotland for (...)